Thursday, 28 February 2008

Watchmen ... a story from 4th Century Eygpt

The Fathers went into the caves of the desert and they were referred to as, "Keepers of the walls," and, "Guardians of the world & peace." They considered themselves as commissioned to keep watch on the world's frontiers and waged war in prayer against the demonic powers that invaded the world of mankind. The monks were thought of as trees - purifying the atmosphere by their presence.

These desert monks were considered in 4th century Egypt, to be a force of spiritual power for their neighbors and towns and cities. Their whole life was dedicated to prayer and fasting and spiritual warfare, not for themselves or their own needs, but to intercede for those around and for the whole world. They made the desert blossom, both spiritually and physically, for apart from prayer, they also grew many foods in the desert.

Appollo was famous for his personal austerity and fasting, and the monks and cave-dwellers ate once or twice a week. But when there was a famine in Thebaid, the people in the town assumed that as always the communities of monks would have plenty of food, which they indeed did!

Demolishing the Temples
The Christianity of Egypt was a new thing but the diocese of Alexandria was a flourishing Christian center by the 3rd century. Nevertheless ancient heathen temples remained along the Nile. Theophilus the Bishop, one day summoned some of the Fathers to come to Alexandria and pray and demolish the deities of the heathen temples.

Their motive in separating themselves was to give their hearts the opportunity to focus on God alone. They went without, gave up the comforts of the towns and villages in order to give themselves to spiritual warfare on the behalf of others. They kept watches in the day and night. To "Stand by night in the House of the Lord," they took literally, and regulated their sleep so as not to give the flesh an opportunity to rule. A student of the monks of Nitria said, "Some of them never sleep at night - but either sitting or standing they persevered in prayer until the morning light." The attitude was positive, they were not refusing to sleep, but they were keeping watch. It was commonly believed among the Desert Fathers that, "One hour of sleep at night was enough for one who was a fighter."

Demons and Angels:
In their devotion to spiritual warfare, the Desert Fathers had many encounters with angels and demonic powers. They exercised great discernment and could see very clearly and deeply into the spiritual realm. One of the first and probably the most famous of these desert monks was Anthony the Great A.D. 251 - A.D.356

Anthony's Revelation:
Anthony went into the desert at age 35 and stayed for 20 years alone, interceding and praying. Anthony said, regarding the discerning of spirits and spiritual warfare, "Let us pray that we may know the hidden things, that we may have power from God to stand against the darts of the evil one. And if we desire to know the hidden things, then we must have our hearts pure, that we may be a habitation for the Holy Spirit and then He will abide and rest in us, and the light that proceeds from Him will enable us to see hidden things; even from remote distances. Did not Elisha because of the purity of his heart, see with his spirit that which his natural eyes had never seen. We must then see and make a distinction between the things of God and the things of the congregation of the Evil one.....This fact I have learned from long experience. The visions and revelations of the Holy Spirit are not of tumultuous character, but take place under conditions of peace and restfulness."

Anthony was constantly attacked by demonic powers but learnt how to discern and take authority over them..The evil spirits would come and tell Anthony "prophetic" and informative things, but he said, "I have no need to learn things from you." He said, "On occasions they (the demons) would come and fill my house with snakes and all manner of reptiles, but I would tell them, "Be gone," and they would right away leave. Then they brought torches and threatened to set alight my cell with me in it, but I lifted up my voice in the Psalms and said, Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but I will be strong in the name of the Lord our God, and immediately the devils disappeared from before me. After a month another band of demons came again in the form of singers and began to sing and speak to me with words from the Scriptures, but as a deaf man I did not hearken to them." "Another time they came back and shook my habitation where I was living, but I laughed at them, for my confidence was in the Lord. And my mind was in no way disturbed by them."

"And then they came to me with such clamor and dancing and singing and clapping, but then when they saw that I did not cease to pray or sing Psalms, (as other men who have been defeated by them), their songs turned into lamentations and they began to wail. Then I gave thanks to my good Lord because He has broken and brought low their arrogance and folly."

False Light:
"On another occasion the devil appeared to me in the form of a monk and gave me false counsel telling me to rest from praying because I was after all only a man of flesh and blood. I gave him no answer but bowed myself to the Lord and asked Him to make an end of this devil, and the demon vanished like smoke from my door."

Satan appeared:
The devil came many many times to Anthony. Satan came to his door one night and told Anthony that the "Christians were filling the desert and that his own people did not follow him for any other reason that he held them captive."Anthony and others like him, lived in the Spirit and many people came to them for counsel of their wisdom, for they were able to see the matters in hand by the Spirit, and discern and pray and minister in the realm of the unseen world. Governors and other great men and women came into the desert seeking out the prayers and ministry and counsel of the Desert Fathers who had given themselves to prayer and spiritual warfare.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Monosin Film Festival

A short film festival in Birmingham (UK) . Mixed content, but we have submitted a couple of Christian Music videos which will be screened, so keep that in your prayers that they will be well received, a good opportunity to share the Christian message.

The previous festival in October (2007) also featured two other Christian Music video. Come along if you can !

Monday, 25 February 2008

The Dying Rooms

A documentary about orphanages in China and the insidious one-child policy which gives rise to the abandonment of thousands of baby girls; many do not survive in the underfunded and hidden orphanages with their dying rooms.. click on the link to watch the ground-braking documentary.

To the left is a picture of Mei Ming (meaning 'no name' ) a little girl left to starve to death in a chilling scene from the Dying rooms.

The link that was here is dead, instead go the posting The Dying Rooms (part1 of 4) 7/9/2011 on this site to see the documentary pasted via youtube...sorry for any inconvenience

Saturday, 23 February 2008

The Seed

A video using pictures from the TV series Jesus of Nazareth and a new song called "The Seed" by Paul Lisney. The video is a reflection on the sorrows of Mary. For more of Paul's songs see:

Friday, 22 February 2008

Make a Believer Out of Me !

Jim Caviezel, 33, is one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. Caviezel recently starred as Edmond Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo, following his screen breakthrough in 1998 as Private Witt in The Thin Red Line. He recently gave an interview where he spoke about what Medjugorje means for his life.

"The Count of Monte Cristo was a very difficult script to do, and we were working 18-hour days, seven days a week. My wife was in Medjugorje at the time; she called me during the filming in Ireland. She said that Ivan Dragicevic, one of the visionaries, was going to be in Ireland and she wanted me to meet him. I told her it would take a miracle for me to have time.

"Sure enough, a miracle happened: we had problems on the set, and I found myself in a car on the way to hear this visionary speak. I was sceptical, but Ivan looked over to me and in his Croatian accent he said, 'I want to meet with you on Sunday'. I was thinking, I have too many things to do. But I went and said, 'I don't think I can believe this, but I'm going to ask you questions that most people wouldn't ask.' I said, 'Make a believer out of me.'

"So we talked, and later when we were praying the rosary Ivan said Mary came in the room and I felt something wonderful happening to me. When the apparition was over, I got up and told Ivan I wanted them (Mary and Jesus) in my heart. He said to ask them myself and so I said, 'I want you in my heart now; you probably won't, but come on.'

"The next day was a day I will never forget. I believe I went through my own personal purgatory. But the following morning I felt wonderful. I saw a book called something like Messages from Mary in Medjugorje. One of the messages was 'You will never know happiness living a sinful life.' And I knew exactly what that was for me. And I grabbed a rosary. Ivan had told me, 'God is calling you to pray from your heart.' And I was never able to do that before; that was the first time I had ever been able to pray from my heart."

Author: Jim Caviezel
(interview before the Passion of Christ movie)
Click on the title to download a song called "The Chosen" by Indira Ortiz Dixon

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Christian Filmmakers

A yahoo group/forum for anyone interested in making Christian films, good place to network, exchange ideas and get advice.

A good free software for planning a move project can be found at

Monday, 18 February 2008

The Angelus.. a Medjugorje story

An Italian friend shared with me a precious testimony about the Holy Virgin of Nazareth: One day she was driving from Citluk back to Medjugorje, and Vicka was with her in the car. When noon came, both friends started to recite the prayer of the Angelus. As the prayer was over, Vicka spontaneously turned to my friend, and, her face radiant with joy, told her, "You know, the Blessed Mother likes this prayer very much! All her being thrills with joy when she hears it because it reminds her of the moment of the Annunciation.

Saint Louis de Monfort, also, wrote that every time we recite the Angelus, Mary feels the same joy as the one she felt when she received the visit of the Archangel Gabriel in Nazareth.

Many Catholics still do not know this prayer by heart. Then why not memorize it and say it at least once a day at noon? Or better: 3 times a day? It would be a beautiful present to the Blessed Mother during this Lent, in thanksgiving for her graces!

Prayer of the Angelus
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace...
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary...
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary.....
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY! Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

(Source of the story..Children of Medjugorje e-bulletin)

Jesus of Mercy

A song about the Divine Mercy by Paul Lisney

Click on the title to access the song, can be opened to listen or downloaded.

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Thursday, 14 February 2008

Divine Mercy

In 1933, God gave Sister Faustina a striking vision of His Mercy, Sister tells us:

"I saw a great light, with God the Father in the midst of it. Between this light and the earth I saw Jesus nailed to the Cross and in such a way that God, wanting to look upon the earth, had to look through Our Lord's wounds and I understood that God blessed the earth for the sake of Jesus."
Of another vision on Sept. 13, 1935, she writes:

"I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath... about to strike the earth...I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just punishment...."

The following day an inner voice taught her to say this prayer on ordinary rosary beads:

"First say one 'Our Father', 'Hail Mary', and 'I believe'. Then on the large beads say the following words:

'Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.'
On the smaller beads you are to say the following words:

'For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.' In conclusion you are to say these words three times:

'Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world'.

Jesus said later to Sister Faustina:"Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy...."

"....When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just judge but as the Merciful Savior".

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

All over the World, the Spirit is moving !

For more good stories and testimonies from around the world (ancient to up to the minute), visit the testimonies section of the MIR site.

Sister Marie Marguerite’s cure … a story from Lourdes

A Poor Clare in the Monastery of Rennes since 1896 Cured on 22nd. January 1937, in her 65th. year. Miracle on 20th. May 1946, by Cardinal Clement Roques, Archbishop of Rennes.

One of those rare cures connected with Lourdes yet happening far away from the Shrine. In actual fact, the illness of Sr. MARIE MARGUERITE began in 1924 with a renal disease. In the subsequent years she suffered "cardiac crises" anginal in type, as well as steady deterioration of kidney disease. Complications cropped up in 1936: --generalised phlyctenular oedema of both lower limbs. --more and more frequent cardiac crises, with dyspnoea, and --facial neuralgia.

These entirely prevented her from leading a normal life, showed no improvement, and even death was feared at the beginning of 1937. The Community at her Convent started a novena to Our Lady of Lourdes during which Sister joined in by replacing all her medication with Lourdes' Water.

On the last day of the Novena, 22nd January, Sister suddenly sensed a great relief during Holy Mass, at the moment of the Elevation of the Host. The oedema vanished in an instant; the bandages, now too large for her legs, fell down, she could wear shoes and walk!

Starting next morning, she took up her former job of attending to the turn-table at the Convent until the end of the 1939-1945 war... something she had not done for eight years. This cure was verified, not without immense surprise, by her doctor, who continued to visit her up to 1945.

At the request of the Archbishop, Cardinal Roques: --a commission of three doctors met in November 1945, and confirmed that the cure could not be explained by natural causes; --a Canonical Commission, in its turn, studied it at the beginning of 1946, and submitted a favourable verdict to the Bishop.

This was sufficient for Cardinal Roques to declare on 20.5.1946, that "this cure was miraculous" and "that it must be attributed to a special intervention of God through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes".

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